Acadia's historic carriage roads are the legacy of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s vis
Acadia's historic carriage roads are the legacy of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s visionary plan, which he started in 1911. Rockefeller, who had a love of the outdoors and a dislike for cars, resigned from his father's Standard Oil Company and embarked on a life of philanthropy. He and his wife Abby bought a home in Seal Harbor and began acquiring land around it. He started working with a conservation group, and by 1940, had built the last of the carriage roads. Rockefeller gave to what is now Acadia National Park a third of its land and built some 45 miles of roads and sixteen historic bridges within it.
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Vietze, Andrew, "Acadia's historic carriage roads are the legacy of John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s vis" (2010). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 3819.